Police in Riverside, California are searching for a woman who they believe intentionally abandoned her 2-year-old daughter at an area supermarket. Officers responded to a call about a child being found at a Food 4 Less superstore about 5:55 p.m. Sunday, according to Los Angeles’ KTLA Channel 5. There, they found a bewildered little girl who was only able to identify the woman seen on security cam footage as “Mommy.”
In a press release, Officer Ryan Railsback of the Riverside police department said the child wandered off after entering the store with her mother. Later, “a good Samaritan brought the child to her and the mother responded, 'oh just leave her.'" After paying for her groceries, the mother left the store without the child.
According to ABC 7 News in California, the child was never reported missing and is currently in the custody of Child Protective Services. The mother is described as being between 20 and 30 years old, with dark hair and of unknown racial background. She may have tattoos covering portions of her right arm. Anyone with more information on the woman’s identity is being urged to call Detective Paul Miranda at (951) 353-7945.
[Photo: Riverside Police Department]